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HDCP Master Key Revealed

Vertana Re:So can someone answer this: (747 comments)

If you hooked your HTPC to your non-HDCP compliant display, you could possibly modify your device driver to decode the HDCP encryption and be able to view content at full 1080p on your non-HDCP compliant display. Alternatively, someone might be able to implement it in hardware and provide a cheap device to lay in between your device and non-HDCP display to decode the stream on the fly. All of this... just so people can watch content at full HD on the monitor they legally paid for.

about 4 years ago

Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users?

Vertana To cut down on support requests (766 comments)

I would wait for either Ubuntu 10.04 to come out or wait until the Linux Mint that is built off of 10.04 to come out. I say this because as it will be the LTS, they won't feel like they need to upgrade (you can tell them that they get free support for 3 years). Linux Mint, although I have not used it myself, has gained a lot of traction as an easy-to-use distro because of all the preinstalled software and proprietary drivers and such. You can teach them how to use the Ubuntu Software Center, Evolution, maybe even install Boxee for them as a media center and call it a day. The reasons I say to wait on Ubuntu 10.04 is because the GDM in 9.10 doesn't have the "click on user" to login UI, you must type in username and password (I've received complaints from Windows users about it) and there is no "easy" way to fix that and stability. Generally speaking LTS releases tend to be a bit more stable (at least in theory). If you don't wanna go with Ubuntu, OpenSuse has a very good KDE implementation (for the "Windows feel") and a nice control panel, that would be a better option if the look and feel of Windows is slightly more important than ease-of-use.

more than 4 years ago

Ryan Gordon Wants To Bring Universal Binaries To Linux

Vertana SOHO User (487 comments)

How many non technical people know the difference between 64 and 32-bit CPU's? Not a whole lot, if any. For those people, it's a bit daunting when their Linux friend/son/granddaughter/whatever tells them it'd be a great choice and the first thing they see is "Which download? 32 or 64?". Just put the .ISO with both 32-bit and 64-bit with a script that tests if the CPU is 64-bit capable at boot time. Or how about those people that don't know if their Mac has Intel or PPC chipset? Same thing, script at boot time to determine. If it's just two architectures the overhead could be well worth it.

more than 4 years ago

Zotero Lawsuit Dismissed

Vertana Re:The ironic thing (60 comments)

I hadn't heard of Zotero either, but I know a few people whose lives it will make just a little bit easier :D I, too, thank the lawsuit.

more than 5 years ago

PSP Go With 16GB Memory and Bluetooth Leaked

Vertana Re:Emulators and buying games (190 comments)

Sorry, I didn't personally copy over my own games. As long as you own the cartridges, you can legally download them. That's the road I took.

more than 5 years ago

PSP Go With 16GB Memory and Bluetooth Leaked

Vertana Re:How does custom firmware "lose sales" (190 comments)

A PSP homebrew program was released a few weeks ago by the name of ChickHEN. It does not allow play of ISOs or PSX games. It's been downloaded thousands of times. I personally use it for emulators and playing Duke Nukem 3D on my PSP and I still buy my games (although I would make backups for logistical reasons if it was enabled).

more than 5 years ago

MS Releases Open Source Alternative To BigTable

Vertana Re:Crap (163 comments)

Nowhere in that summary does the word Hadoop appear.

more than 5 years ago

Work Resumes On Virtual Fence With Mexico

Vertana Thank God, (259 comments)

for this fence! Cause they took our jebs! ...relax and realize I'm kidding.

more than 5 years ago

IBM "Invents" 40-Minute Meetings

Vertana Re:Wall squats (161 comments)

Ah, that must the patented "Marine Corp" meeting!

more than 5 years ago

Reliable Male Contraceptive In the Works

Vertana Headline misleading... (519 comments)

It's been here for years. It's called Slashdot.

more than 5 years ago

Warehouse or No, UK's Expensive Net Spying Plan Proceeds

Vertana Integrity? (134 comments)

Ok, so they build this massive surveillance cluster. It can listen in and decrypt all information passing through all the major ISP players. Now that they have this information, it goes... where? These machines sit in between routers and the ISP's backbone (they'd have to). This means that they are connected to the internet and/or they have remote administration capabilities (I'm assuming dedicated machines). They can't keep the information local, that would be asinine. It would only take one leak (and there will be one, because there are people in the government who will not agree with this. A secretary somewhere will get a memo that gets put on the Internet) of either a password, username, or even a hint that there is remote admin possibilities and it will launch the fury of the Internet at large. Machines will be hacked (eventually) and data will be leaked. Some of it will be embarrassing to the people, while all of it will be to the government. Or maybe they have some secure server that the machines VPN into and transmit the databases that way. Who knows how they could 'securely' transfer this information they are getting, but VPN seems an obvious answer at the moment. That means they will need to deploy the VPN server IPs to the IT's in the field; it also means the server configuration is in a manual. If the government employee thinks they can get away with it or if they are an ex-employee... there will be a whistle-blower. Wikileaks, I guess it's UK's turn ^^

more than 5 years ago

A Look At the Wolfram Alpha "Search Engine"

Vertana The hype? (216 comments)

This is the first time I've ever heard about it and I usually check technologically acclimated news sites. Is this a "Google killer" like Cuil was?

more than 5 years ago

Cops To Start CrimeTube To Report Offenses

Vertana How are they sorting? (238 comments)

I live in the US, but what if I like to be an extra jackass and video tape US officers doing stupid things? I just proxy through the UK and post? Would they really come after me for something so trivial overseas? What if there are 50 people just like me, flooding the site with these videos? This idea won't last much longer, it was just something so the PR people didn't lose their jobs. Awesome! Now you just have to stop all the false videos filed under false pretenses! *stifles giggle*

more than 5 years ago

AMD Overclocks New Phenom II X4 To 7 GHz

Vertana Oblig. (288 comments)

Yeah, but can it run Windows 7? //Burn the Karma baby!

more than 5 years ago

No More D&D PDFs, Wizards of the Coast Sues 8 File Sharers

Vertana Re:D&D is dead (501 comments)

Google OpenRPG. I haven't tired it, but it looks interesting and it's made specifically to play PnP RPGs.

more than 5 years ago

Time Warner Expanding Internet Transfer Caps To New Markets

Vertana Re:Only 40Gb/month? (394 comments)

An "abusive" user for using 500GB+ of bandwidth? The crime is telling users that it's ok to use your "unlimited" internet... and then inserting caps. Citizen, you pay for the potential. Nobody is forcing you to use the bandwidth you pay for. If you want to pay less then go with a lower plan, like a low tier DSL or Dial-up. That user isn't "sponging" off your payments, he/she's using what was allotted to them (the "unlimited" plan). Maybe that user isn't doing anything nefarious, he/she just likes to watch a lot of Hulu and Netflix and share Linux ISOs through torrents. So the simple fact they are using what was advertised as being what they paid for doesn't make them an "asshole". It makes you ignorant of the fact that not everybody has the same needs or wants as you do on the internet.

more than 5 years ago

Study Suggests Crabs Can Feel Pain

Vertana What!? (628 comments)

Are they suggesting we should stop boiling them alive? Preposterous!

more than 5 years ago

ACLU Sues Penn Prosecutor For Empty Threat of Child Porn

Vertana Re:Good news! (590 comments)

This should have been modded Insightful. The comment was satirical in nature showing why a DA might push for one of these suits to go through. Really it's scary that they might be doing this to downplay the statistics. It's all a numbers game and the child's LIFE isn't even considered. Would the DA be a lawyer if he had taken pictures of himself to send to a girlfriend when he was 16? It's sad. Sad and scary.

more than 5 years ago

Pirate Bay To Offer VPN For $7 a Month

Vertana Re:Why is it needed? (461 comments)

EVERYONE has something to hide. Not to say it would be illegal, but how about credit cards? Or something even a little more trivial, how about the way you like to have sex? Let's say you were talking to your wife over the internet about the way you like to have sex. Is it illegal? No. "Not tasteful?" According to who? And is it potentially embarrassing? Depending on what specifically you're talking about, maybe. Especially if it were revealed to your work or maybe your insurance company. Here you thought you were just talking about the great night you were gonna have with your wife and someone has 'eavesdropped' on that conversation and has twisted it to be a weapon against you. Yeah, that's extreme, but just one of those things that 'could happen' if we (the people) don't try to fight the little things.

more than 5 years ago



HDCP Master Key Possibly Leaked

Vertana Vertana writes  |  about 4 years ago

Vertana (1094987) writes "HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and is used by content providers to secure digital works on the connection between digital displays. It does this by encrypting the stream of data between two digital connections (ie an HDMI to HDMI connection) and having the destination (your monitor) decode it and display the data. This has caused older displays that do not come equipped with HDCP to display high definition content (such as Blu-Ray movies) even if they have the digital ports required. In order to fight this issue, someone has now leaked the alleged HDCP Master Key. This is being discussed here and here."


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